Truck Driver salary in California
How much does a Truck Driver make in California?
Average base salary
Most common benefits
The average salary for a truck driver is $81,889 per year in California. 42.1k salaries reported, updated at May 14, 2022.
Getting paid as a Truck Driver by operating mode
Solo drivers must take time to stop and sleep between shifts. In a team driving situation, two truck drivers make runs together. Owner operators generally earn a higher gross salary but take home pay is reduced by expenses.
Company Team Driver
Company Solo Driver
Owner Operator Driver
Salaries by years of experience in California
|Years of experience||Per year|
|Less than 1 year|
|1 to 2 years|
|3 to 5 years|
|6 to 9 years|
|More than 10 years|
Getting paid as a Truck Driver by route type
OTR drivers spend weeks on the road but will command the highest salary. Regional drivers will stay within one area, which will generally mean they can come home on the weekends. Local drivers stay in-state and can generally come home each night, but are paid the least.
Top companies for Truck Drivers in California
Highest paying cities for Truck Drivers in California
Where can a Truck Driver earn more?Compare salaries for Truck Drivers in different locations
Best-paid skills and qualifications for Truck Drivers
TWIC Cardearn +10.73% more
The jobs requiring this certification have increase by 16.37% since 2018. Truck Drivers with this certification earn +10.73% more than the average base salary, which is $81,889 per year.
|Year||Number of job openings on Indeed requiring this certification||Change from previous year|
|2011||4||increase by 4|
|2012||18756||increase by 468800.00%|
|2013||73390||increase by 291.29%|
|2014||204899||increase by 179.19%|
|2015||204054||decrease by 0.41%|
|2016||224268||increase by 9.91%|
|2017||101197||decrease by 54.88%|
|2018||140715||increase by 39.05%|
|2019||163748||increase by 16.37%|
More critical skills and qualifications that pay well
The most common pay model for truck drivers in California
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Most common benefits for Truck Drivers
- 401(k) matching
- AD&D insurance
- Dental insurance
- Disability insurance
- Employee assistance program
- Employee discount
- Employee stock purchase plan
- Flexible spending account
- Fuel card
- Fuel discount
- Health insurance
- Health savings account
- Life insurance
- Opportunities for advancement
- Paid orientation
- Paid sick time
- Paid time off
- Paid toll fees
- Paid training
- Parental leave
- Passenger ride along program
- Pet rider program
- Prescription drug insurance
- Profit sharing
- Referral program
- Retirement plan
- Safety equipment provided
- Tuition reimbursement
- Vision insurance
Salary satisfactionBased on 44,325 ratings
51% of Truck Drivers in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.
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Common questions about salaries for a Truck Driver
What is the highest paying truck driving job?
Tanker drivers are some of the highest paid truck drivers.
Do you make good money as a truck driver?
According to Indeed user ratings, 51% of truck drivers believe their salary is enough for cost of living in their area.
Is pay based on a per-mile rate or an hourly rate?
Every company has a different compensation plan. There are benefits to both pay models, and you need to be fully informed either way.